Problems with the rsync command line syntax for multiple files

tim.conway at tim.conway at
Mon May 13 13:13:02 EST 2002

Pete:  some(all?) of your filenames have colons, and most importantly, the 
first one does.  If you can get something in front of the filenames to 
show it's a file before the program decides it's a servername, it should 
go... since you're doing the current directory, ./ works nicely.
a.html  a:b.html
tconway at atlas:/users/tconway/test/1
>rsync * ../2
tconway at atlas:/users/tconway/test/1
>mv a.html b.html
tconway at atlas:/users/tconway/test/1
>rsync * ../2
rsync  version 2.5.5rc1  protocol version 26
Copyright (C) 1996-2002 by Andrew Tridgell and others
Capabilities: 64-bit files, socketpairs, hard links, symlinks, batchfiles, 

              no IPv6, 64-bit system inums, 64-bit internal inums
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<usage message snipped>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
tconway at atlas:/users/tconway/test/1
>rsync ./* ../2
tconway at atlas:/users/tconway/test/1

Tim Conway
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perl -e 'print pack(nnnnnnnnnnnn, 
".\n" '
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Peter Møller Neergaard <turtle at>
Sent by: rsync-admin at
05/13/2002 12:31 PM
Please respond to Peter Møller Neergaard

        To:     Dave Dykstra <dwd at>
rsync at
        cc:     (bcc: Tim Conway/LMT/SC/PHILIPS)
        Subject:        Re: Problems with the rsync command line syntax for multiple files

On May 13, 2002, Dave Dykstra wrote:

DD> Works for me.  What does "*.html" expand to? 

The following:

types:/<3>tmp/wwwreports-dont-edit > echo *.html
Amt+Con+Dan+Mal:BRICS-2001.html Amt+Kfo+Per:CL-2002.html 
Amt+Kfo+Per:ESOP-2001.html Amt+Kfo+Per:PTA-2000.html 
Amt+Mul:IpRA-2002.html Amt+Tur:Faithful-ESOP-2000.html 
Amt+Tur:Faithful-TR-2000.html Amt:BRICS-1999.html Amt:CauMov-2001.html 
Banerjee:ICFP-1997.html Bawden:POPL-2000.html Bug+Per:FOOL-2000.html 
Bug+Per:IAC-2000.html Dim+Mul+Tur+Wel:ICFP-1997.html 
Dim+Wes+Mul+Tur+Wel+Con:TIC-2000.html Dim+Wes+Mul+Tur+Wel:ICFP-2001.html 
Home-bib.html Home.html Jim:MIT-LCS-1995-532.html Jim:RTTS-1995.html 
Kfo+Mai+Tur+Wel:ICFP-1999.html Kfo+Per:LICS-1999.html 
Kfo+Per:TIRD-1999.html Kfo+Wel:LICS-1995.html Kfo+Wel:POPL-1999.html 
Kfoury:JLC-2000-v10n3.html Kfoury:Rasiowa-memorial.html 
Kfoury:TTTR-1996.html Law+Mai:ESOP-2000.html 
Mac+Tur:Link-time-ESOP-2000.html Mac+Tur:Link-time-TR-2000.html 
Nee+Sor:IAC-ta.html Ong+Ste:curhff.html Per:PhD-2001.html St
 ewart:fortcf.html Tur+Dim+Mul+Wel:CPPFT-1997.html Tur+Wel:PPDP-2001.html 
Wel+Dim+Mul+Tur:JFP-2002-v12n3.html Wel+Dim+Mul+Tur:TAPSOFT-1997.html 
Wel+Haa:ESOP-2002.html Wells:APAL-1999-v98-no-note.html 
Wells:APAL-1999-v98.html Wells:ICALP-2002.html Wells:TUFE-1996.html 
DD> I'm using rsync 2.5.5 but I don't think that would be different
DD> from 2.4.5.

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